Knicks Morning News (2014.11.16)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks should fear Spurs’ interest in Marc Gasol (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:35:30 GMT)

    Phil Jackson has made a career out of taking pot shots at the San Antonio Spurs so even if the Knicks president doesn’t respect Greg Popovich’s club he should fear them.

  • [New York Daily News] Iman Shumpert: No finger-pointing on Knicks like last season (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:34:40 GMT)

    Derek Fisher had a couple of interesting things to say this week, even before his animated “that’s New York City” speech in which he gushed about his team’s effort following the Knicks’ last-second home loss to Utah on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Coast to 120-107 Win Over Suns (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:21:00 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored seven of his 32 points in the final 2:56 and had nine assists, Blake Griffin added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 120-107 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers 97, Nets 87: Nets Finish Winless on Trip, Falling to Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:16:50 GMT)

    Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists to lead Portland, which played without the ill LaMarcus Aldridge but handed the Nets their third straight loss to Western Conference teams.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Leads Kings to Rare Victory Over Spurs (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:12:08 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Sacramento Kings beat the San Antonio Spurs 94-91 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Thompson, Curry Lead Warriors Past Hornets, 112-87 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:00:21 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 21 points, Stephen Curry added 19 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Charlotte Hornets 112-87 on Saturday night to extend their best start in 20 years.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Beat Nets 97-87 Without Aldridge, Batum (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 05:51:00 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 97-87 on Saturday night despite missing LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • [New York Times] Bench Key as Wizards Defeat Magic 98-93 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 05:06:00 GMT)

    Washington Wizards reserve forward Kris Humphries said the team’s bench players have been beating up on the starters lately in practice.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Make First 11 3-Pointers, Beat Hawks 127-94 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:57:04 GMT)

    A night after Cleveland needed a big comeback, LeBron James wanted a fast start.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Make 19 3-Pointers to Overwhelm Hawks; Grizzlies Continue Fast Start (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:11:39 GMT)

    Cleveland made its first 11 3-point attempts, including nine in the first quarter, to rout Atlanta, and Toronto beat Utah for its sixth win in seven games.

  • [New York Times] Ellis, Mavs Ease Past Road-Weary Wolves, 131-117 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:09:12 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored a season-high 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Minnesota 131-117 Saturday night, handing the road-weary Timberwolves their fifth straight loss to finish a six-game trek that included a stop in Mexico City.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Shake Off Injuries, Beat Bulls 99-90 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:50:58 GMT)

    A.J. Price, Luis Scola and Solomon Hill all scored 21 points, and the injury-plagued Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 99-90 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol, Randolph Lead Grizzlies Past Pistons, 95-88 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:45:03 GMT)

    Marc Gasol scored 23 points, Zach Randolph added 17 points and 22 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 95-88 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Has 27 as Raptors Beat Jazz 111-93 (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:03:10 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas set season highs with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 111-93 on Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games.

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    5 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.11.16)”

    1. I think that ’12-’13 was an anomaly, though. And an illusion of sorts, too. It was pretty much the exact same roster as last year, playing the same bad defensive schemes. The East was particularly horrible that year, and the Knicks made an unsustainable amount of 3 pointers.

      Definitely not the same roster. They lost about 5500 MP, and two of those (Kidd and Novak) were solid, if not highly productive contributors to the team. When you replace Kidd’s minutes with Bargnani floor time, you lose 15 wins right there. World Peace was (as expected) a dud, too.

      A lot of posters on this board thought it was an improvement because of the reputations of players lost and acquired. Kidd? Too old to be highly productive, which was true after a certain point in the season. Novak? Too one-dimensional, which would be true if he weren’t maybe the best 3PT shooter in the league. Bargnani? Tall and athletic, with lots of room to improve. World Peace? A player with lots of championship experience who was known (in 2004) to be a possible MVP candidate.

      Sadly for those optimists, the reputation and the actual production didn’t line up at all.

    2. 12-13 wasn’t exactly an anomaly. We went all in for a short term shot at a title. Given our roster/cap situation, it was not a bad idea. And it almost worked. The problem was we didn’t seem to understand what worked and why, and then Bargs and new Melo extension, and now here we are.

    3. Regardless of the rosterr composition, that team did much better than pre season predictions suggested it would. For me that made it a good season

    4. Good to see Trey Burke is back to normal, 4-15 last night. Probably wishes he was on an East team so he could come to MSG again and become a good shooter for one night.

    5. It’s true that Kidd was a very important addition to that team, but that chapter of history should always mention the part where he put on what is arguably the worst offensive playoff performance in the history of the NBA. Only two NBA players have ever played 200+ playoff minutes with and ORTG below 70. Kidd’s 3 for 25 with 3.5 assists per 36 netted him a 65 ORTG in 247 minutes that year. That beats only Kendrick Perkins, who, you know, doesn’t count.

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